08/29/2005, 00.00
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Beslan mothers to visit Putin in Kremlin

The meeting is scheduled for September 2, a year since the massacre. Victims' relatives doubt the sincerity of the initiative.


Beslan (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Russia's press has reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited the Beslan Mothers Committee to meet with him in Kremlin on September 2, anniversary of the massacre in School Nº 1 that left 330 people, more than half children.

"We just could not expect to receive an invitation for these days," Susanna Dudieva, head of the Beslan Mothers Committee, said.

For the past year, the Committee has tried to meet with top government officials to find answers as to what happened.

Relatives of the victims have charged the government with the carnage since it acted with the sole purpose of "killing Chechen terrorists and not save the children".

They also do not trust the President' initiative. Just a few weeks ago they had said they were firmly opposed to the presence of government authorities, including the President, to the September 1-3 ceremonies commemorating the tragedy.

"We did not expect the President to make such a dirty political step, but if we decide we have to overcome our feelings for the sake of what we do, we shall go to tell him who is guilty in the tragedy, and especially to say that President Putin is the one who's guilty," Dudaeva said after she received the invitation Friday. The Committee accepted Putin's invitation on the night of August 27.

"We shall go to Moscow September 2, overcoming our pain and offence," Dudieva added.

The visit by North Ossetian women will coincide with a huge action of the pro-Putin Nashi (Ours) youth movement in commemoration of the tragedy.

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